Catch up with highlights from our digital travels this week…
Get 26% off Tommy Hilfiger’s home
Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger hasn’t had much luck offloading his Plaza Hotel penthouse in New York, which has been on and off the market since 2013. The whopping original price tag of $80m might have something to do with it, or perhaps the ‘eclectic’ interior design. ‘It’s not your cookie cutter new condo,’ says the agent. Indeed. After several price drops, the penthouse is now a snip at $58.9m. Take a turn around the space via The Wall Street Journal.
A US spy town is for sale
Why buy a house when you can buy a whole town? This one in West Virginia comes with houses, a bowling alley and hotel – and a murky history of espionage. The 123-acre base was built by the NSA to monitor communications sent to the east coast. Today, it’s all but abandoned and incredibly creepy… Atlas Obscura has the skinny on its sale.
Sleep in Fred Flintstone’s house
Flares. Glam rock. Shag-pile carpets… The 1970s has a lot to answer for – including this San Francisco home, dubbed ‘Bedrock’ for its bonkers ‘Flintstones’ design. Architect William Nicholson created the time-warp-of-a-house, available via Airbnb for $750 per night. Lonny checks in.
Water towers that make you feel tiny
Belgian photographer Reginald Van de Velde takes Wired inside 30 of Europe’s abandoned water towers. Some of these colossal structures are more than 800-ft-tall. ‘You feel really little in them,’ Van de Velde says. He’s right about that.
A border crossing express to make Trump weep
As America prepares to elect its 45th president next week, Donald Trump’s pledge to ‘build a wall with Mexico’ continues to gobble up column inches. Perfect timing then for Mexican firm Legorreta to reveal its own architectural riposte – a terminal and bridge design that makes crossing the border quicker. Dezeen hops over.